Red River Delta Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project II: Technical and Social-Economic Assistant to Center Project Office (CPO), National Center for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (NCERWASS) to Prepare for Implementation of the Main Packages to be financed under A PHRD Grant 8 provinces, VN WB 100,000,000 USD Jan – Jun 2009

Phase 2 of the Red River Delta Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RRD-RWSS) Project for possible financing by the International Development Association (IDA). The objective of the Project is to provide a fully functioned water supply system effectively operated and maintained in approximately 240 communes in 08 provinces (including QuangNinh, Hung Yen, Ha Nam, Thanh Hoa, VinhPhuc, PhuTho, BacNinh and Ha Tay). The project is implemented through the CPO/National/Province Centre for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation under Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and People’s Committees of provinces implementing the project.
The second phase of the RRD-RWSS project shall be supported by Vietnamese Government in order to obtain the targets of the RWSS Strategy to 2020 by: promoting sustainable investment by application of sustainable RWSSEs; ensuring that poor households will be served by the project; providing assistance in sanitation more effectively to protect people’s health and the environment, and adjusting institutional regulations to develop the rural water supply and sanitation sector in more sustainable way..
The second phase of the project will build on and expand on the basis of the efforts and lessons learnt from the first phase. The achievements of the first phase will be examined critically and the experiences and lessons learned will be incorporated into the design of the second phase. Various financing options for channeling funds to the provincial level will be examined in the light of recent GOV changes to the administration of loan financing and the results of a separate study (completed in Quarter III of 2008), on which Phase 2 of this project will be based.
Using the first phase experience to update the National Rural Water and Sanitation Strategy and investment plan, on which the investments to be made in the 2nd phase will be made